From Bitterness to Beauty

I saw a quote from my pastor going around social media after this weekends message. This is a quote I am all to familiar with.

God doesn’t always change our circumstances. He sometimes changes us. -Pastor Phil Wilson (The Bridge Fellowship)

Have you ever prayed for something with such confidence that you just knew God would do it… that it was just a matter of time before He came through and answered your prayer? I have. I can remember waking up morning after morning praying the same thing over and over again for months. My prayer was simple “God change his heart to go, or give me peace to stay.” (I am not going to go into the details of what this prayer was regarding but I wanted you to get the idea of how simple it was, but also, it was NOT regarding our marriage just to nip that in the bud right away 🀣 we’re good… I mean have you seen that hot hubs of mine! Moving on…) I was fully confident that the Lord was going to change his heart and I waited and waited with full anticipation for Him to do so… but He didn’t, instead He changed mine. Ouch right?


Totally unexpected but completely amazed by God’s grace and mercy to do that for me. The Lord knew if we would have run away from the situation I would have never experienced the process of walking through a journey of bitterness to beauty and freedom that ONLY the Lord could have done. Trust me. I was determined and extremely stubborn in this situation to NOT change my mind.

There is no way to even begin to explain the beauty that is on the other side of bitterness if we are just willing to walk through the process with the Lord.

He is so kind to not let us stay there, because He has so much more for us. I will be the first to raise my hand and say that this is not easy, but I will also be the first to raise both of my hands and say “Thank you Jesus for not letting me stay in camp bitterness. Thank you Jesus for loving me so much that you didn’t answer my prayer the way that I thought and wanted you to. Thank you Jesus for wanting so much more for me than I could ever have imagined for myself. Thank you for being so good.”


I don’t know where you may find yourself today. But I do know if you find yourself in camp bitterness where I was living I can’t encourage you enough to give that to the Lord. I can’t encourage you enough to let Him change your heart, to walk through that process with Him. To let Him free your heart and show the unspeakable beauty, freedom and joy that is waiting for you. He wants so much more for you. Sometimes we just have to be willing to let Him change us, as hard and as humbling as that may be, it is so very worth it.


I am praying for you today. If you are walking through a season where you find yourself stuck in hurt, bitterness or something from the past, know that you are in my prayers right now as you read this. I would be honored to pray for you if you want to send me a message on my Facebook Page or email me at ashley@ashleylmcclain.com
πŸ’œ Ashley

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